|Brown's Coaching Career|
|1984||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|1985||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|1986||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|1995-96||San Diego Chargers|
|1999||San Francisco 49ers|
|2002-05||New Orleans Saints|
Greg Brown joined the Auburn Family in January, 2017, as the Tigers' secondary coach. A 36-year coaching veteran, Brown has coached three winners of the Jim Thorpe Award, and has 19 years of college coaching experience (with three conference titles and 10 bowl berths) and 17 years of professional experience (15 NFL, two USFL) to his credit.
Brown came to Auburn from Missouri, where he coached the cornerbacks during the 2016 season, where the Tigers tied for the SEC lead in interceptions and corner Aarion Penton was Mizzou's only first team all-SEC honoree.
Brown's impressive resume also includes stops at Louisville (2014-15), Alabama (2013), Colorado (1991-93, 2006-09, 2011-12), Arizona (2010), Purdue (1989-90) and Wyoming (1987-88). The only coach to have ever coached three players that have won the Thorpe Award, Brown served as defensive coordinator at Colorado and Arizona.
His coaching experience in professional football includes work with the secondary of the New Orleans Saints (2002-05), Atlanta Falcons (2000-01, 1994), San Francisco 49ers (1999), Tennessee Oilers (1997-98), San Diego Chargers (1995-96), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984-86) and the USFL's Denver Gold (1983-84).
During his NFL career, he coached nine Pro Bowl players: Ashley Ambrose (Atlanta), Blaine Bishop (Tennessee), Ray Buchanan (Atlanta), Dale Carter (New Orleans), Rodney Harrison (Chargers), Tim McDonald (San Francisco), Marcus Robertson (Tennessee), Samari Rolle (Tennessee) and Lance Schulters (San Francisco).
His collegiate player roster reads like a who's who among defensive backs. Three of his pupils -- Deon Figures (Colorado, 1992), Chris Hudson (Colorado, 1994) and Gerod Holliman (Louisville, 2014) -- have won the Thorpe Award. In 2014, Holliman tied an NCAA record first set in 1968 with 14 interceptions, and Louisville led the nation with a 17-game string with at least one interception per contest.
The starting safeties in the 2016 Pro Bowl, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Green Bay) and Landon Collins (New York Giants), were both coached by Brown at Alabama, where he also tutored Vinnie Sunseri (San Francisco).
At Louisville, Holliman (Pittsburgh), James Sample (Jacksonville) and Josh Harvey-Clemons (Washington) were NFL draft picks, and the corners he coached at Arizona in 2010 – Robert Golden (Pittsburgh) and Trevin Wade (New York Giants) – and at Colorado (2011-12) – Jimmy Smith (Baltimore) and Jalil Brown (Indianapolis) – are still playing in the NFL.
A 1980 UTEP graduate with a bachelor's degree in education (history/physical education), he lettered twice at cornerback (1978-79) for the Miners before taking his first coaching position as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1981. He earned his associate's degree from Glendale (Ariz.) Junior College in 1978.
Brown graduated from Arvada (Colo.) High School, where he lettered in both football and track. He and his wife, Stacie, have two daughters, Hannah and Grace.